Q&A: What are some best practices for providing a welcoming and thorough clinical orientation for nurses and unlicensed staff? 

Question: What are some best practices for providing a welcoming and thorough clinical orientation for nurses and unlicensed staff?  Answer from Denise Winzeler, BSN, RN, LNHA, DNS-MT, QCP-MT: AAPACNS’s Onboarding Essentials: Welcoming Staff to Promote Retention Tool provides education for department managers and administration as well as tools leaders can use …

CDC NHSN LTCF Weekly Healthcare Personnel (HCP) & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Module Page UPDATED

Weekly health care personnel (HCP) & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Data Reporting Long-term care facilities can track weekly COVID-19 vaccination data for residents and healthcare personnel (HCP) through NHSN. December and November 2022 updates Event Level COVID-19 Vaccination Form Quick Reference Guide [PDF – 1 MB] –  December 2022 Quick …

Five Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining MDS Coordinators

Written by Michael Daniels, RN, DNS-CT, QCP, RAC-CT, RAC-CTA All one needs to do is peruse the long-term care (LTC)/skilled nursing facility (SNF) job openings online for a few minutes to realize that something is amiss. Frenzied healthcare staffing recruiters seem to crawl from the woodwork as they compete to …

Staff Retention: The Power of Purpose and Meaningful Work

When the pandemic pummeled the nursing home workforce, nursing homes lost more jobs than any other healthcare setting. This loss compounded the staffing shortage facilities were already confronting, leaving many facility leaders physically and emotionally exhausted and desperate for solutions to solve this problem. The good news is that all …

NAC Job Description

The nurse assessment coordinator’s role in ensuring compliance with complex federal requirements is paramount to the success of the financial operations of a facility and the care of residents. Use this NAC Job Description, to create and tailor your own job description for this specialized position. For permission to use …

CMS QSO Memo QSO-22-15 Re: COVID-19 Public Heath Emergency Nursing Home Waivers Updated (8/22)

Update to COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Specific Providers REVISED Memo # QSO-22-15-NH & NLTC & LSC REVISED Posting Date 2022-08-29 Fiscal Year 2022 Summary CMS continues to review the need for existing emergency blanket waivers issued in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE). …

PBJ Takes Center-Stage: What the DNS Needs to Know

The Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) electronic staffing data system remains a little bit of a mystery to many directors of nursing services (DNSs), but the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is going all-in on using auditable PBJ data in three key areas that can significantly impact nursing homes: The …

CMS Discusses Upcoming Staffing Study, Announces Aug. 29 Listening Session: Register Now

By: Pauline Karikari-Martin PhD, MPH, MSN, PHNA-BC, RN Senior Nurse Researcher and Cameron Ingram, MFA Policy Analyst of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality From https://www.cms.gov/blog/centers-medicare-medicaid-services-staffing-study-inform-minimum-staffing-requirements-nursing-homes In February 2022, President Biden announced a comprehensive set of reforms to improve the safety and quality of nursing home care, hold nursing homes accountable …

CMS Encourages States to Use Medicaid Payments to Nursing Homes to Drive Better Health Outcomes for Residents, Improve Staffing (8/22)

CMS outlines actions for states to improve safety and quality of care for residents The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an informational bulletin detailing actions that states can take using existing Medicaid authorities to drive better health outcomes for nursing home residents and improve staff pay, training, …

SNF Staffing Crisis: The Risks and Impact of Pulling the NAC to the Floor

In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, vice president of education and certification strategy for AAPACN, and Jennifer LaBay, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP, CRC, curriculum development specialist with AAPACN, discuss the current staffing crisis in skilled nursing facilities across the country and the potential impact of …